Ex-Newcastle star Nolberto Solano has given some insight on Rodrigo Vilca, who The Sun report is set to join the Magpies in a £120,000 deal from Deportivo Municipal.
The report also states that the fee is so low because Vilca – a gifted playmaker – is soon to be out of contract with Deportivo Municipal.
Solano, who spent six years at St James’ Park and made exactly 300 appearances, is currently working as assistant manager for the Peru national team, who have already handed 21-year-old Vilca a senior call-up.
Speaking to The Chronicle, he said: ‘He’s been in training with the national side and he’s very technically gifted, but he’s still in the process of development. It’s only in the last season that he played first-team football at Deportivo Municipal.’
The Sun also mention that no work permit will be needed for the young Peruvian, as he has a Spanish passport through dual nationality.
This is a no-brainer from Newcastle really. There really aren’t many risks attached.
For just £120,000, it could be possible that we make a profit on Vilca even if he flops at St James’ Park.
On the flip side, he could end up being just as successful as Solano was – there is no reason why that can’t happen.
After all, our former Peruvian also spent time at Deportivo Municipal early on in his career, so comparisons are definitely there to be made.
If Solano, a man who understands Newcastle and knows what it takes to succeed, thinks highly of Vilca, then we should definitely get a deal done – even more so for such a small fee.